Postcode checker launched as new restrictions begin

Scots can check the measures that apply in their local authority.

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Coronavirus: New five-tier system comes into effect.

A postcode checker has been launched so people can confirm where their area falls in the new five-tier system at any given time.

It will give information on which restrictions apply in each local authority, as Scotland adapts to new measures aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus.

In the five-tier system, levels have been graded from zero to four, with no local authorities placed under the toughest measures at the highest level yet.

However the First Minister warned the Scottish Government will not hesitate to increase the level of restriction if required.

Nicola Sturgeon said: “Our new levels approach enables us to respond quickly and flexibly as required, particularly in areas where we are concerned about the rate at which the virus is spreading. It is important we all comply with the rules in our area if we are to successfully suppress the virus, avoid the need for tighter restrictions, and protect the NHS.

“It’s crucial that everyone knows what level their local authority is in and that they stick to the rules in their area. The postcode tracker will be a vital tool in helping to ensure this happens.

“People across Scotland have faced significant restrictions since late September as we work to stop the increase in Covid cases across the country. Prevalence of the virus is currently lower in Scotland than in other parts of the UK and there are some signs that those earlier restrictions may be starting to slow the rate of increase.

“However, we continue to monitor the spread of the virus in all parts of Scotland to assess if, to what extent and at what speed the slowdown is continuing. No one wants to see tighter restrictions but people can be reassured that, if we need to put in place the protections that come with higher levels, we will not hesitate to do so.

“I also urge everyone to follow two key national restrictions by not mixing with other households inside our homes, and not travelling to or from any part of the country in level three unless it is absolutely essential.”

The postcode checker can be accessed here.